19 May 2005 High-visibility infrared beacons for IFF and combat ID
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A new kind of Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) infrared beacon has been demonstrated. The omni-directional beacon consists of a pyramidal array of 1W pulsIR thermal light sources. Operating at a total power of 84W, the beacon can be used to track and identify surface vehicles and personnel with a recognition range of up to 6 miles on the battlefield and in urban environments or the marine boundary layer. Advanced photonic technology enables the beacon to be seen only while using a 3-5 μm or 8-12 μm thermal imaging system. There is no visible or near-IR emission to betray the location of the beacon. The beacon is rugged and will operate from -40 to 50°C ambient temperature, 0-100% relative humidity, 0 - 10,000 ft altitude, and meets MIL-STD 810F and MIL-STD 461E.
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Martin Pralle, Martin Pralle, Irina Puscasu, Irina Puscasu, Edward Johnson, Edward Johnson, Peter Loges, Peter Loges, James Melnyk, James Melnyk, } "High-visibility infrared beacons for IFF and combat ID", Proc. SPIE 5780, Photonics for Port and Harbor Security, (19 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.603871; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.603871


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